With so much uncertainty in so many areas due to the global health crisis, many house-moves and renovation work projects are, rightly, paused for now.
However, to the extent it’s possible to do so, we suggest continuing to work on finalising the planning/ designing/ decision-making during this ‘on hold’ period. When normal-ish life resumes, you can have made (most of) the remaining design/ choosing, etc. decisions and obtained related costings, with less time pressure than usual, and be ready to start ordering and getting on site at an appropriate time.
Working on your renovation project may also be a welcome distraction… We’ll continue to share content to advise and inspire.
Why small spaces matter
With space in our cities (and our homes) at a premium (especially at the moment), making good use of small spaces is an important interior design challenge. Here we share our tips for making the most of your ‘bijoux’ spaces.
Use it wisely
If the space isn’t big enough to be used as one of the main rooms (e.g. bedroom, lounge), consider the ways you can use it to free up space elsewhere. A dressing area, home office or Utility room doesn’t need to be big to be a big benefit.
Use the full height
Valuable space is lurking above head height. Fit full-height storage and invest in a step stool – or fit a platform bed and use the space underneath. This works particularly well in children’s rooms.
Change the doors
The swing of a door can take up precious space. By changing the hanging direction (or even better, fitting a pocket door) you can make the usable space much bigger and more versatile. For some rooms you may not even need a door – although you should always check building regulations before you remove an existing door.
Bold wallpaper or rich colours can be overwhelming in a big space – but in a little room you can get away with more. That WC under the stairs? The perfect place for a little splashback of luxurious tiles!
Light it properly
Just because you can light the whole space with one light, it doesn’t mean you should. A single bright light source can draw attention to how near the walls are. Make sure you have dedicated lighting for any tasks you need to do in the space, and a soft ‘ambient’ option – like a dimmer on the main light, or wall/ floor lamps. See our guide to lighting;
Buy flexible furniture.
If you have small spaces that aren’t meeting your needs, it could be time for expert advice. A clever new layout can entirely transform the way you use your home. Get in touch.